Since August 15, 1971, gold has had a 7.65% compounded annual growth rate.1
Gold has demonstrated a -0.01 and 0.07 monthly correlation to the S&P 500 Index and Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregated Bond Index, respectively, since the 1970s.2
The average daily turnover of gold is over $139 billion, which is equivalent to $35 trillion per year.3
During the last 14 equity market downturns, gold has provided an average return of +6.3%, while the S&P 500 TR Index pulled back -21.46% on average.4
Since 2004, our gold products have provided investors a relatively efficient and liquid way to access the gold bullion market through physically-backed ETFs.
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Distinct products to meet investor needs
SPDR Gold Shares® (GLD®) offers strategic, long-term investors relatively low entry and rebalancing costs, plus robust optionality.
SPDR Gold MiniSharesSM (GLDMSM) offers investors a lower share price and holding costs, at an expense ratio of just 18 bps.
1 Bloomberg Financial, L.P., & State Street Global Advisors, date as of September 30, 2019.
2 Bloomberg Finance, L.P., & State Street Global Advisors; S&P 500 correlation is from 8/31/1971 to 09/30/2019 and Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index correlation is from 3/31/1976 to 09/30/2019 due to data availability. Source: Bloomberg Finance, L.P., State Street Global Advisors. The correlation coefficient measures the strength and direction of a linear relationship between two variables. It measures the degree to which the deviations of one variable from its mean are related to those of a different variable from its respective mean with 0 being uncorrelated and 1 being perfectly correlated.
3 Estimates based on clearing statistics published by the LBMA, LBMA-i and non-LBMA-i OTC (estimates represent daily averages is US$ billion for Q1’2019), COMEX, SHFE, SGE, LME precious, Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange, ICE Futures, US Metals, Borsa Istanbul, Bursa Malaysia, Moscow Exchange, and Tokyo Commodity Exchange. Date as of 09/30/2019. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
4 Analysis of Gold’s Historical Performance in Market Downturns. Bloomberg Finance, L.P., State Street Global Advisors, as of September 30, 2019. Notes: 2008 Financial Crisis (06/05/08 – 03/09/09); Black Monday (08/25/87 – 12/04/87); 2002 Recession (03/19/02 – 07/23/02); Dot Com Bubble (09/29/00 – 04/04/01); Gulf War (07/16/90 – 10/11/90); LTCM & Asian Crisis (07/17/98 – 08/31/98);US Credit Downgrade (07/07/11 – 10/03/11); Subprime Meltdown (10/09/07 – 03/10/08); September 11th (08/24/01 – 09/21/01); Flash Crash (04/23/10 – 07/02/10); Trade War/Recession Fears (09/21/18 – 12/26/18); Iraq War (01/14/03 – 03/11/03); End of QE Era(11/03/15 – 02/11/16); Yuan Devaluation (07/20/15 – 08/25/15)Source: Bloomberg Financial L.P. and State Street Global Advisors, Date as of 10/8/2019. Figure represents assets for SPDR Gold Shares and SPDR Gold MiniShares, for which State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC serves only as marketing agent.
5 Source: Bloomberg Financial L.P. and State Street Global Advisors, Date as of 10/8/2019. Figure represents assets for SPDR Gold Shares and SPDR Gold MiniShares, for which State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC serves as marketing agent.
Information Classification: ll General
Investing involves risk, and you could lose money on an investment in each of SPDR® Gold Shares Trust ("GLD®") and SPDR® Gold MiniSharesSM Trust ("GLDMSM"), a series of the World Gold Trust (together, the "Funds").
ETFs trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk, fluctuate in market value and may trade at prices above or below the ETFs' net asset value. Brokerage commissions and ETF expenses will reduce returns.
Commodities and commodity-index linked securities may be affected by changes in overall market movements, changes in interest rates, and other factors such as weather, disease, embargoes, or political and regulatory developments, as well as trading activity of speculators and arbitrageurs in the underlying commodities.
Frequent trading of ETFs could significantly increase commissions and other costs such that they may offset any savings from low fees or costs.
Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
Diversification does not ensure a profit or guarantee against loss.
Investing in commodities entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all investors.
Important Information Relating to SPDR® Gold Trust ("GLD®") and SPDR® Gold MiniSharesSM Trust ("GLDMSM "): The SPDR Gold Trust ("GLD") and the World GoldTrust have each filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for GLD and GLDM, respectively. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in the registration statement and other documents each Fund has filed with the SEC for more complete information about each Fund and these offerings. Please see each Fund's prospectus for a more detailed discussion of the risks of investing in each Fund's shares. The GLD prospectus is available by clicking here and the GLDM prospectus is available by clicking here. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at sec.gov or by visiting spdrgoldshares.com. Alternatively, the Funds or any authorized participant will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling 866.320.4053.
None of the Funds is an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the "1940 Act"). As a result, shareholders of each Fund do not have the protections associated with ownership of shares in an investment company registered under the 1940 Act. GLD and GLDM are not subject to regulation under the Commodity Exchange Act of 1936 (the "CEA"). As a result, shareholders of each of GLD and GLDM do not have the protections afforded by the CEA.
Shares of each Fund trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk and will fluctuate in market value.
The values of GLD shares and GLDM shares relate directly to the value of the gold held by each Fund (less its expenses), respectively. Fluctuations in the price of gold could materially and adversely affect an investment in the shares. The price received upon the sale of the shares, which trade at market price, may be more or less than the value of the gold represented by them.
None of the Funds generate any income, and as each Fund regularly sells gold to pay for its ongoing expenses, the amount of gold represented by each Fund share will decline over time to that extent.
The World Gold Council name and logo are a registered trademark and used with the permission of the World Gold Council pursuant to a license agreement. The World Gold Council is not responsible for the content of, and is not liable for the use of or reliance on, this material. World Gold Council is an affiliate of the Sponsor of each of GLD and GLDM.
GLD® is a registered trademark of World Gold Trust Services, LLC used with the permission of World Gold Trust Services, LLC. MiniSharesSM and GLDMSM are service marks of WGC USA Asset Management Company, LLC used with the permission of WGC USA Asset Management Company, LLC.
For more information, please contact the Marketing Agent for GLD and GLDM. State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC, One Iron Street, Boston, MA, 02210; T: +1 866 320 4053 spdrgoldshares.com